We must find ways to expand recycling

For almost a quarter-of-a-century, I have been throwing all of my leaves, grass clippings, and vegetation under three pine trees in my yard.
When I first began, the area was a low point in my yard. Since then, the trees have grown 25 feet and the ground has been raised until it now feels like a high point in my yard.
All of that compost has been accumulating, and the three spruce trees have thrived with the richness of the soil. Before I began composting all those grass clippings and leaves, I packed them into bags, which were carried off to the town’s landfill.
At one time, we threw everything of surplus into the garbage. These days, however, because of the costs of garbage, Fort Frances residents have an incentive to choose whether to recycle or not.
The citizens have chosen to recycle cans, plastics, paper, and cardboard. The volume of recycled materials has grown dramatically since garbage collection became more expensive.
Newspapers across Ontario have joined with Stewardship Ontario to increase the volume of paper recycled in the province. As a newspaper, the Fort Frances Times consumes 58,000 kg of newsprint, the Daily Bulletin 21,500 kg, the Rainy River Record 3,700 kg, and the Atikokan Progress 11,400 kg.
In printing papers, we create 12,700 kg of waste newsprint. The Fort Frances Times pays a local recycling company to transfer the waste to a company that recycles newsprint.
We also pay Stewardship Ontario a fee—based on our total newsprint usage—to encourage Ontario residents to recycle materials.
A recent survey by Ipsos-Reid showed 70 percent of Ontario residents said helping the environment was important to them. Clearly recycling is important to residents and finding ways to reduce our waste is becoming more important.
Can recycling be expanded across the district? Are there other projects that the district should be taking up to clean up roadways and waterways?
As crude oil prices continue to rise, are there ways to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels or the volumes of gasoline and natural gas we use? With the increases in electrical rates, and the projected costs of bringing to market future forms of electrical power, can electrical consumption be reduced?
Any savings or cleanup will have a positive impact on our Earth.
April 22, which marks Earth Day in Canada, is a good day to begin.

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